SARASOTA, Fla. (FOX 13) - An automated 911 call brought two Sarasota County paramedics to Goodrich Avenue in January. Police say the call was fake.
"I believe it was calculated," said Sarasota Police Department Chief Bernadette DiPino.
She said it appears to have been a trap to lure paramedics into gunfire.
Police announced the arrest of 32-year-old Tyran Young. They believe his plan began months earlier, with another unusual phone call to 911.
"There was a previous call, a similar call from this location. We believe it may have been a test run to see if it worked,” said Chief DiPino.
On the day of the shooting, as detectives combed the neighborhood, they came across Young.
"Within hours he was presenting himself as a witness. In his statements he pointed the finger at his juvenile nephew," said Detective Adam Morningstar.
They said he also offered them a deal. He told detectives he'd help them if they could help him get out of jail time on an unrelated charge.
It didn't take long for detectives to spot the red flags.
"No evidence was found to collaborate that information. In providing that information he kind of told on himself and provided some details about the case that no one else could have," said Detective Morningstar.
Once they put the pieces together they didn't have to go far to find Young. He was already in jail.
Young faces several felony charges including aggravated assault on a firefighter, shooting into a vehicle, unlawful use of a two-way communication device, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and misuse of 911.
Young refused to show his face in court. He'll now have to face the possibility of years in prison.
"The intent was there. He was shooting at the vehicle into the vehicle where there were people by the grace of God it didn’t penetrate and go into the paramedics," said Chief DiPino.
Young is being held in the Sarasota County Jail on a $700,000 bond.